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South East Creatives

South East Creatives is a business development programme, supporting growing creative practices working in Essex, East Sussex and Kent.

The programme is for creative, cultural or digital businesses, looking to cultivate their skills and broaden their professional network. Businesses and sole traders can opt for one of the following:

To apply for any of the above please fill in the eligibility form.

You can also check out our case studies to see what has been supported:

South East Creatives events in Folkestone

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South East Creatives Q&A Sessions

Philippa Wall and Marina Norris, Kent and East Sussex local coordinators for South East Creatives, host free bi-weekly online presentations and Q&A sessions about the South East Creatives initiative.

These events are short, sweet and succinct introduction to South East Creatives, what it is, what it does and how it supports creative enterprise in the South East. The presentations will be followed by a live Q&A and some direct details about how the initiative could support you and your business.

Booking is essential - find out more here: South East Creatives is a business development programme, supporting growing creative practices working in Essex, East Sussex and Kent.

Quiet Ambition Course 

August 31 - September 20 

Quiet Ambition is a 3-week mindset course for sensitive business owners who want to increase their income, amplify their impact, and expand what's possible in business (by unapologetically owning who they are and what they want).

This course is not about business plans and marketing strategies. It’s about how you feel about the work that you do, which matters more than many of us have been led to believe. Over three weeks you’ll learn to access your biggest business asset: your own intuition and desire.

Find out more and apply here: 

South East Creatives Workshops+Mentoring programme

South East Creatives Workshop + Mentoring Programme has regular events coming up, please head to the Eventbrite page for further information: 

South East Creatives Workshop + Mentoring Eventbrite profile 

Additional South East Creatives events

In addition to local events, the wider programme id offering a series of online events. You can find out more here: South East Creatives Event Page.

About South East Creatives

COVID-9 Support 

South East Creatives in Folkestone have put together these COVID-19 Business Support Resources are available here:

About South East Creatives

Businesses in the creative, cultural and digital sectors are being encouraged to take advantage of a new £5.1million grants and support programme.

The South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Programme (SECCADS) is an ambitious programme, led by Thurrock Council and running across Essex, Kent and East Sussex.

Between now and December 2020, it aims to help more than 370 companies and sole-traders with business support or match-funded grants of up to £20,000, contributing a major boost to the creative economy in the South East.

Grants awarded under the scheme can be used to fund both capital and revenue projects, including equipment, plant and machinery costs, salary costs towards a new role, supporting initial rent for new premises, funding the cost of purchasing patents, IT software and much more.

The business support element of the programme has been awarded to Space Studios - a well-established organisation supporting the creative industry. Space is developing a programme tailored to meet the specific needs of creative businesses in the South East.

The programme will be supported by established local cultural hubs at Creative Folkestone, Resort Studios in Margate, Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, as well as by partners based in Thurrock, Southend and Colchester.

For more information and to find out whether you are eligible for this programme, please go to


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